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Fundamental Physical Science

Pushing the boundaries of knowledge of the physical sciences

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06/21/2016
Novel methods, tools, and approaches to better understand social systems and dynamics in a national security context
05/17/2015
The mission of the Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is to identify and pursue high-risk, high-payoff research initiatives across a broad spectrum of science and engineering disciplines and to transform these initiatives into disruptive technologies for U.S. national security.
01/01/1980
DARPA established the Defense Sciences Office (DSO) in 1980, combining the Nuclear Monitoring Research Office, materials science research, and cybernetic technology efforts into a single office. Since its inception, DSO has spawned two additional technology offices at DARPA: the Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) in 1992 and the Biological Technologies Office (BTO) in 2014.
01/01/1960
In 1960, ARPA helped establish what now is the burgeoning field of materials science and engineering by announcing the first three contracts of the Agency’s Interdisciplinary Laboratory (IDL) program. Following these initial four-year renewable contracts to Cornell University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Northwestern University, the Agency awarded nine more IDL contracts around the country. The program lasted just over a decade when, in 1972, the National Science Foundation (NSF) took over the program and changed its name to the Materials Research Laboratories (MRL) program.
04/29/2015
Traditional defense contractors, corporations, and startups alike are critical parts of the innovation ecosystem in which DARPA operates, and all of these organizations—whether large or small—can serve as performers of DARPA-funded R&D to generate revolutionary technologies and capabilities. Additionally, industry partners can help transition DARPA-developed technologies from the laboratory into military or commercial applications.